Updated: Feb 8, 2021
Let’s talk about lash hygiene! Our lashes have a life expectancy of up to 20+ uses! Great, right? Now, to get the most out of your falsies, we urge you all to have a lash care routine. If you wear lashes daily, lash hygiene should be something you perform every single day. It is critical to protect the health of your eyes by cleaning your falsies and tools. Practicing good hygienic habits reduce the risk of irritation and harmful infections. A buildup of bacteria can occur from old makeup, lash adhesive, and settling dust. So, to continue to smile with our eyes, let’s get right into the good stuff! Here, we have a few pointers to share to help you achieve and maintain healthy false and natural lashes. Our recommended lash care routine can serve as a framework for creating a regime that works best for you.
Antibacterial soap, oil-free eye makeup remover, water, two containers, napkins, alcohol, cotton balls, Q-tips, and tweezers
Step 1: Wash Your Hands
You want to start by washing your hands with antibacterial soap and lukewarm water for approximately 20 seconds. Cleansing your hands for 20 seconds gives the antibacterial soap time to kill germs that lie on the surface of your hands. We recommend that you focus on the entirety of your hands, including between the fingers and underneath the fingernails. You want to prevent the spread of germs from your hands as you clean your products. Finish this step by drying them on a clean towel or cloth.
Step 2: Prepare a Cleaning Solution
There are a couple of items you can pair to create a cleaning solution for your lashes. We have listed them below. You can combine:
eye makeup remover (oil-free) with lukewarm water OR
Hypo-allergenic antibacterial soap with lukewarm water OR
Rubbing alcohol (as a single ingredient).
Step 3: Soak
This step is critical! Before you do any maintenance, gently soak your lashes in a dish for approximately 3 to 5 minutes to soften residue and hardened glue.
Step 4: Clean Lashes
Remove your lashes from the cleaning solution and place them on a napkin. Gently remove the excess glue from your lashes by using a pair of tweezers. Tweezers will give you more control when removing the old clumps of glue. Be careful not to tear them. When that is complete, dip the end of a Q-tip or a cotton ball into your cleaning solution to wipe away the remaining residue. Wipe in the direction of the lash, as going the opposite direction will damage its quality. You may also use a lash brush to groom your lashes as you clean them. Repeat the process until all residue is gone. To complete the cleaning phase, rinse your lashes in a dish of lukewarm water.
Wash your lash applicators and brushes by cleansing them with antibacterial soap and lukewarm water. You may also sanitize them with alcohol. Finish them off by wiping them down with a clean, dry cloth.
Step 5: Dry Lashes
This step is critical. Gently groom your lashes with a lash brush. The way you lay your lashes is the way they will set. Always keep the tray your lashes came in, so they have a designated place to dry. Place your lashes back on their original tray to mold their shape along the lash line. If you do not have your original lash container, place your freshly washed lashes on a paper towel to allow them to air dry! From there, you’re all done!
Remember: The life expectancy of your lashes depends on the care you give them.